Book of the Week: In the Sea there are Crocodiles
In the Sea there are Crocodiles - the story of Enaiatollah Akbari
by Fabio Geda
Published by Harvill Secker, 2011
Enaiatollah is a ten year old Afghani boy living in Pakistan when this true story begins. His mother, fearing for the safety of her other children still in Afghanistan, leaves him suddenly to return to them. He wakes one morning to find her gone. She told him three things: Don’t use drugs, don’t steal, don’t use weapons. He is left in Pakistan to fend for himself.
In a remarkable series of events, told brilliantly by author Fabio Geda, Enaiatollah makes his way as an illegal child immigrant through Iran, Turkey and Italy. He has to work to pay people-smugglers to get him from place to place, and the appalling conditions take your breath away.
This is a timely reminder of what life is like for many, many kids around the world.
You should all read it – it may even change the way you think.
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